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Playstation 3: The Software and Hardware


I figured I’d get this out of they way since I’m sure fan boys of either system will call me a hater or

something.

Heres The Rundown Of What I Believe Are Strong and Weak Points Of The Playstation 3.

 

Playstation 3

 

The Hardware

Hard Drives and Back Up Utility

I absolutely love how the Playstation 3 works with the HDD and advanced users. The ability to upgrade your hard drive  with whichever brand you choose is a major plus for me over the Xbox 360 which makes you purchase a Microsoft brand hard drive. The small range of drives you can buy for the Xbox 360 is sad, sure you can buy a Western Digital Blue Scorpio and modify it with the Hddss.bin from an official drive. However even that limits you to the official sizes that are already on the market, nothing bigger and nothing smaller. The Playstation 3 however lets you choice any 2.5″ notebook drive of any size and any manufacturing which is great.  However you must format this drive to fat 32 which is limited to files smaller than 4gb. Xbox 360 uses Fatx

 The Playstation 3 CPU, GPU and System Memory

The CPU

The Playstation 3 sports a 3.2 GHz Cell Broadband Engine with 1 PPE & 7 SPEs (really 8 with one disabled at the factory) This is a quite powerful chip however not as power as fanboys try to make it seem. I read somewhere (will put up link once i find it again) that states that a single SPE is equivalent to a single core of a core I7 clocked at 1.6ghz. Though thats nothing to scoff at that is still quite powerful however that is not more than twice as powerful as the triple core PPC Cpu of the Xbox 360 like some try to say.

The GPU

The Playstation 3 boasts a 550 MHz NVIDIA/SCEI RSX ‘Reality Synthesizer’ which is based on the G70 Nvidia chip series but has feature that at the time were to be introduced with the new 7000 and 8000 series Nvidia cards. You can say that the PS3 chip is close in power to the 7800GTX  which at the time was one of the most powerful graphics card on the market. the limited 256 MB GDDR3 RAM at 700 MHz and the independent shaders are what holds the chip back from being closer to the 8000 series.

The Ram

The Playstation 3 has 256MB of  XDR system ram which is about the same as overclock DDR2 memory. XDR runs at 900mhz (7.3ghz effective) and 28.8GB/s. I believe this is why there are no custom soundtracks for every game not some insane theory that Microsoft patented that feature. If the Playstation 3 had even 128mb of more system memory it would blow the Xbox 360 out of water.

The Playstation Network

The breakdown of how game titles, music and videos are great. I find it easy to navigate through the store. The PSN in the multiplayer aspect is good enough from my short experience with it as I don’t play online anymore (will be explained below) but its free so you really can never argue with free. however i wish the online matchmaking had an anchor system to base it off of rather than randomly placing me with opponents but as i said before IT’S FREE and you can’t argue with free in today’s economy.

The Controller

The Dual Shock 3 six axis controller is a nice touch for racing games and flight simulations. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen gamers turning their controllers when playing racing games so Sony was genius in spotting this and developing this controller. The internal rechargeable battery is a great cost saver as I don’t have to buy an extra piece of hardware to keep from spending money on batteries. My only beef is the official form factor is made for short people with small hands (I am 6’7″ with big hands) so any game that requires both joystick for movement cause my thumbs to constantly bump and touch. I opted out for a Pro Elite Wireless Controller which uses the Xbox 360 form factor.

The Software

The XMB

Ok here comes the rant. This is more of a weak point then a strong point the xmb is the worst thing Sony could have put into the PS3. The XMB can’t multitask to save the system’s life. Why can’t I listen to music and browse the web at the same time? The system is obviously powerful enough to do so or even change my settings and listen to music. Also I can’t talk to friends and play my games at the same time or message a friend without the XMB stalling like its having a nervous breakdown. The menus are out right stupid as you would think video settings and display settings should be one menu and that’s just to name one.  Network, Power save, Date and Time, Remote play, and Security settings should all be under System settings instead of  Sony just making a new menu for every small little detail they can think of. Also Why does game settings have an option for upscaling VIDEO its a game settings menu (face palm). Why does Printer settings have its own menu when right above it is accessory settings; isn’t a print an accessory too (face palm). Why Does the Photo Menu have a playlist instead of being named slide show? Also The User Interface as a whole is just ugly and is in desperate need of a redo. Only on a Jailbroken PS3 can change it somewhat but even that is still ugly.  I actually am not at all surprised at all by the fails of the XMB Sony has never been able to write good software. Ok now that that’s over.

The Backup/Restore Utility

The Backup Utility is great for when/if I want to upgrade my hard drive. This simple tool allows you back up everything on your internal hard drive to any usb device that’s formated to fat32 then restore it back to your new hard drive.

The Games

Well back when it was the Playstation 2 vs. Xbox vs. Gamecube Sony had an insane amount of exclusive titles so one would think the game line up of exclusive titles would be even larger now. However due to Microsoft capturing the college and adult gamer market with its 1 year head start and Direct X 9c support which for some companies is easier to program games in then OpenGL ( i think OpenGL is better so don’t go their) Sony has lost nearly all of there exclusive rights with gaming companies. Here’s a rough list of PS3 exclusives (some of these titles aren’t out yet). Credit for the list goes to “Joe Blow” at avsfurom.com

Afrika
Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel
Atelier Rorona
Bleach: Soul Resurrección
Brunswick Pro Bowling -Move-
Buzz! Quiz TV franchise
Cross Edge
DC Universe Online
Demon’s Souls
Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice
Eye of Judgment, The -PSEye-
EyePet: Your Virtual Pet -Move- / -3D-
Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli
The Fight: Lights Out -Move- / -3D-
Folklore
Formula One Championship Edition
Full Auto 2: Battlelines
Genji 2: Days of the Blade
God of War Collection
God of War 3
Gran Turismo 5 -3D- / -PSEye-
Gran Turismo 5: Prologue
Haze
Heavenly Sword
Heavy Rain -Move-
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds
Hyperdimension Neptunia
inFAMOUS
inFAMOUS 2
Katamari Forever
Killzone 2
Killzone 3 -Move- / -3D-
Kung Fu Rider -Move-
Last Rebellion
Lair
LittleBigPlanet -Move- / -3D-
LittleBigPlanet 2 -Move-
M.A.G.-Move-
Magic: The Gathering – Tactics
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire
ModNation Racing
MotorStorm
MotorStorm 2: The Pacific Rift -3D-
MotorStorm: Apocalypse -3D-
MLB: The Show franchise -3D-
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm
NBA: The Inside franchise
Ninja Gaiden Sigma / 2
No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise -Move-
Playstation Move Heroes -Move-
Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction
Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
Resistance: Fall of Man
Resistance 2
Resistance 3 -Move- / -3D-
Ridge Racer 7
Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes
Shoot, The -Move-
Singstar franchise (incl. Dance/Guitar) -Move- / -PSEye-
Sly Collection, The -Move- / -3D-
SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs -Move- / -3D-
Start the Party -Move-
Time Crisis 4 w/GunCon 3
Time Crisis: Razing Storm -Move-
Trinity: Souls of Zill O’ll
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom
Valkyria Chronicles
Warhawk
White Knight Chronicles I & II: Awakening of Light and Darkness -Move-
Yakuza 3
Yakuza 4
20 in 1 Gamefest
Agent
Atelier Meruru: Alchemist of Arland
Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland
Champions of Time -Move-
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten
Dragon’s Crown
Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends
ESP project
Everybody Dance -Move-
EyePet & Friends -Move- / -3D-
Final Fantasy Versus XIII
Final Fantasy XIV Online
Guerrilla Games project
The House of the Dead: Overkill – Extended Cut -Move-
Last Guardian, The
Liquid Entertainment project
Marvelous project
Media Vision project (Wild Arms developer)
Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest -Move-
Move Fitness -Move-
NCSoft Unannounced MMORPG (rumor: Guild Wars 2)
Quantic Dream project #1
Quantic Dream project #2
Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One -3D-
Ready at Dawn project (PSP God of War developers)
Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny
Santa Monica Studios (major project)
Sing and Draw -Move-
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
Sony’s sandbox play/create/share project
Starhawk
Steamboat Chronicles 2
Tales of Grace F
Tales of Xillia
Tekken Hybrid (TTT HD + TTT 2 Prologue)
Twisted Metal
Uncharted Waters Online
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception -3D-
Yakuza of the End
Yakuza 5

The Homebrew/Jailbreaking/Custom Firmware

First off everyone should thank fail0verflow Geohot and KaKaRoTo These People and group are some of the most influential to getting the scene off the ground. Multiman is a great app for running your PS3 backups from internal or external Hard drive. Showtime is another good one for playing videos of more formats than what the XMB allows. Other OS can be re-enabled on a Jailbroken PS3 which is awesome it allows PS3 owners to run Linux and Unix based operating systems on our PS3′s. This feature was taken out by Sony because of Geohot’s Other OS exploit which allowed us to run homebrew. This action was illegal by Sony which is why they lost the law suit against Geohot.  PSN is impossible now with a homebrew enabled PS3 which i believe is a crime against the consumer. The Homebrew scene for the PS3 is growing and hopefully will catch up with the Xbox 360 homebrew scene.

Please Comment and No Fanboy stuff

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MotionJoy Controller Emulation


Gamepads For PC Games That Only Support 360 Controller

I’ve seen a lot of people who have had problems with using the joystick of there choice working in games that only support the 360 controller. Previously I used the Xbox 360 Controller Emulator ( x360ce ) however support has disappeared.

MotionJoy is the best choice here is a list of Gamepads that i’ve personally tested

Microsoft Brand Xbox Controller S Type

Generic Brand Xbox Controller S Type

Sony PS3 Controller

Generic PS3 Controller

Sony PS2 Controller

Generic PS2 Controller

I’ve heard Logitech, Dreamcast and other console controllers work comment to let know about anyother controller you get working with MotionJoy.

MotionJoy’s Drivers are signed so 64 bit users dont need to disable driver signature enforcement.

http://www.motioninjoy.com/download

Guide To Better PC Performance


Please Read Disclaimer at the bottom of this post.

This guide will be broken up into 4 major sections and smaller sub-sections.

Here is a list of free software i recommend you download to help with performance and overclocking.

Hardware Monitor (Must Have For Benchmarking System Temperatures)

CPU-Z

GPU-Z

ClockGen (Recommended For Software Overclocking Of CPU/FSB)

SetFSB

GameBooster ( Recommended for those with limit system memory)

Overclocking CPU/RAM

“Overclocking” in lamen terms means making something run faster than it was designed for. This sometimes can make your system unstable if overclocked too high. Also overclocking a processing unit makes that processor run hotter than normal so testing under the new speed is a must. These test are referred to as “Benchmarking”.

Hardware Overclocking through your Bios settings is the preferred method to overclock your CPU and RAM. If you have a custom build PC find out from who you purchased the system what motherboard is in your system. This is very important as some motherboards settings are locked in certain models of a company’s brand. All i repeat all OEM a.k.a Store bought branded PCs have lock bios so this is not an option for you. For those with custom systems do a search or look at your motherboard manual on how to get to your bios settings usually (F8, F10, F12, F2 or delete) & for what overclock settings you have and where they are located. Now for most motherboards this setting menu is called Cell. In here you should have a Ratio setting, a FSB setting, and a memory clock setting.

Ratio Setting

Most CPU Ratio Settings are locked, only Black Edition AMD CPUs and Extreme Edition Intel CPUs have unlocked ratios. The frequency at which a processor (CPU) operates is determined by applying a clock multiplier to the front-side bus (FSB) speed in some cases. For example, a processor running at 3200 MHz might be using a 400 MHz FSB. This means there is an internal clock multiplier setting (also called bus/core ratio) of 8. Ratio is more important for extreme overclocking rather than a small bump in clock speed. A lower ratio and higher increase in front side bus speed can sometimes render a more stable overclock. I’ve seen this more often in AMD processors than Intels. I suggest leaving your ratio alone.

Front Side Bus Settings

Setting a FSB speed is related directly to the speed grade of memory a system must use. The memory bus connects the northbridge and RAM, just as the front-side bus connects the CPU and northbridge. Often, these two buses must operate at the same frequency. Increasing the front-side bus to 450 MHz in most cases also means running the memory at 450 MHz. What this means is to run your system at a higher front side bus you need RAM that can handle overclocking to a degree. now most good unlocked motherboards will change the FSB-to-memory ratio to keep your ram around its stock speeds however this can cause bottleneck where the CPU is waiting for the ram to perform its operations before moving onto its next task.

READ BEFORE OVERCLOCK THE FRONT SIDE BUS most motherboards have 2 or 3 options to protect you from a bad overclock. Newer motherboards have a failsafe after a bad overclock or CMOS setting just keep resetting or powering on and off your system with the power button (don’t unplug your PC repeatedly). Newer motherboards also have a pin header that lets you switch between multiple CMOS (bios) chips; This is basically meant to be used as a failsafe, I would not recommend setting both chips to overclock the CPU or RAM because if you need to research as to why you’re getting problems you can’t because both are having stability issues. If al else fails r you have an older motherboard There is a round battery on your motherboard you can pull out that should reset your CMOS (bios) settings.

PHEW now that I got that out-of-the-way time to experiment. one thing to remember is your FSB gets rounded off in a sense. I would suggest the first thing you go is bump your FSB up in small increments (Some boards have a feature that does a gradual increase of FSB speed). Raise the FSB by about 32 mhz  and see

1) how high your FSB was set to after the round off

2) how high your CPU frequency went up

With Hardware Monitor (Core 1 through 4 if you have a Dual-core CPU)

3) go into windows and check how hot your CPU is when its idle (not doing any work)

4) check how hot your CPU gets when doing major tasks like compressing data or if you have vista or higher run the system assessment test in the properties menu of my computer.

Software Overclocking

For Most OEM/Branded PCs this is your only option to overclock your FSB. However for a select few OEM systems some excellent coders have created modified bios that unlock the locked bios settings. I will provide a list and a download for these bios. All credit will go to the coder for this

Now there are multiple methods of doing this however I personally have used Nvidia Control Panel and Clockgen. Nvidia control panel is excellent if you have a Nvidia chipset motherboard and a Nvidia graphics card. For those with an Intel Chipset I recommend ClockGen however using is a hit and miss if your PLL is not listed however select the next closest PLL has worked for me. Below is an image of clockgen and its bells and whistles.

Now at some point in overclocking through bios or Software you will hit the FSB Wall of your motherboard and can not clock it any higher. Do not keep trying to push pass this point as you can damage your northbridge controller.

Thought I’d post this so far but there is still more like………

Registry & Startup

Overclocking Video Card
Software
Bios Flash

Hard Drive Space & Free Memory

 

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for harm you may inflict on you computer as a result of experimenting with CPU/FSB overclocking and or Bios Flashing. This guide is meant as a resource for the collaboration of other information currently available on the web. Ignoring precautions suggested in this guide can cause serious system issues. Following the guide correctly should yield positive results. Remember to always benchmark repeatly to insure system stability.

Why Do People Think It’s Ok To Be Fat?


Have you ever been out on the town with friends, clothes shopping or an all u can eat buffet and noticed that there are way too many over weight people, plus size aka fat people (yea i said it fat people!).  There is no easy or nice way to  put it.  Look let’s be honest here over half of american citizens are over weight, this means that the average body weight of the average american is about 160lbs to 240lbs or more ( according to one study).  The sad fact is this it’s not just an american thing its world-wide.  America has the highest population of over weight people (64%), also its a known fact that being over weight is a major health risk. Gaining weight or being over-weight can effect many of your daily routines, life style, love life, marriage etc. and/or your over all attractiveness.

Let’s look at becoming fat or being fat can hurt your “attractiveness”.

Does He Look Happy To You?

Let’s face the truth no one never really expects his/her self to become over-weight. Gaining and losing weight is apart of our lives but for some it’s a difficult struggle.  No one enjoys putting on weight unless in all the “right places”. Men are taught that ideal woman should have curvy bodies, big breast sizes and a juicy butt. On the other hand women are taught that the ideal man should have nicely toned muscles and body, have a large penis and be great in bed for more than 3 to 10 min.

As we all know standards for men and women differ and have change greatly over the past years as far as staying attractive goes. In the 90′s  fat men and women had it very rough when it came to getting a  pass by the opposite gender  then came the 2000 – 2011 era where the word fat was changed to “Phat” (Pretty Hot And Tempting). Thanks to the change in word phrasing over-weight people in america began to take pride in being  fat. This also helped fashion artists spin-off a slew of plus size clothing lines, even overweight celebrities had it hard. Then came a very well-known rapper “Big Punisher” died of a heart attack due to his weight and high blood pressure. Thanks to other related deaths in america people started to realize that being fat is a health risk.

Now the standards of  men and women of today have gotten even lower because many of the overweight populace have turned into scientists; By scientist I mean the weight loss pills, the drinks, there is even a surgical weight loss procedure. For men and women hopping into the next pants size up believe this is a positive thing where most others would prefer to go down a size or 3. Now men only care about getting their penis’ bigger by using pills and getting their abs as flat as possible. For women they only care about keeping their faces “super model, hollywood” pretty, naturally growing their breasts  3 to 4 cup sizes and getting their butts  firm n round.  It seems like the people of today have become lazy to the point that being fat has become acceptable.

 

                

The average fat girl thinks she is the sexiest thing on the planet and can have any man or women she wants.I have no idea why or when this started but i have to say it’s not very attractive at all. though these are very penis shrinking photos some desperate men actually told these women that they are sexy. Everybody knows what happens when you gas up a woman’s head, they start to think their shit dont stank. So they let their bodies go.

I would like every one to know that these photos came from the web by searching “sexy fat girls”. When i tried to find sexy fat men or any thing related  over weight men i only got picture of overly sloppy men at sports events wearing body paint, a fan made collection of a fat Justin Bieber and other celebrities such as Keanu Reeves. Which goes to say that most of the world would rather see an over weight woman than an over weight man. So I had no luck finding  any “sexy” fat men pics at least none that were decent like the ones above. I’d also like to add that the names on these pic’s are not of  my choosing.

Disclaimer

I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO INDICATE THAT I AM NOT A “FAT BASHING” PERSON  ALSO THIS BLOG IS NOT INTENDED TO BE OFFENSIVE OR IN ANY WAY HARMFUL, BUT TO BE THE TRUTH THAT NO ONE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT.

LETS BE REAL

*SAVING FACE*

WILL NEVER GET ANYONE ANYWHERE.

How Do You feel?

Video games that should have movie adaptations


I would like some feedback as to what everyone else thinks. If you ever played Legacy Of Kain: Soul Reaver, then you would know what im getting at when I say it should be a movie. The game had a great story from beginning to end and I personally think it would blow all of these new vampire movies out of the water; Its original with a pretty good twist. If you haven’t played it then you should try it now.

Other games on my list

Fallout: New Vegas

True crime

Grand theft auto

God of war

Metal gear solid

Whats in the mind of everyone else?

Mark Jackson


“Hand Down, Man Down”

Mark Jackson born April 1, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York was  drafted from St. Johns University as the 18th pick in the first round of the 1987 draft. Mark Jackson was the 1987 – 1988 NBA Rookie of the year and voted to the 1989 NBA All-Star team. He is the 3rd all time assists leader, the 15th all time playoff assists leader, the 24th all time steals (tied with Kevin Garnet) & he is one of only 70 players to ever get 22 assists or more in one game. He Averaged a double double his rookie year with 13.6 points and 10.6 assists per game. he was the lowest overall draft pick to win the award since Woody Sauldsberry in 1958. Also He is the only non-lottery pick to have won the award since the introduction of the system in 1985. He’s also notable for prompting an NBA rule change. In response to Jackson’s penchant for backing down opposing point guards in the post for 15 or more seconds at a time, the league instituted the Five-second rule, sometimes referred to as the “Mark Jackson Rule,” prohibiting an offensive player from dribbling with his back to the basket for more than 5 consecutive seconds when below the free throw line. However (being 24) I know Mark Jackson from “momma there goes that man again”. He is IMO the greatest basketball commentator to ever do it. Always having great insight on the games and having the best catch phrases ever. He’s commentated and been an analyst for the better part of 7 years. He has recently been announced as the new head coach for the Golden State Warriors.

Mark Jackson you will be missed.

Dallas Mavericks; NBA Champions!! Cleveland Happy?


Who Were You Cheering For This Year?

Dallas Mavericks logo

Image via Wikipedia

 

Yesterday the Dallas Mavericks closed out the Miami Heat for the 3rd straight game to win their first NBA title. As a Cavs fan a feel a bit vindicated by the Heat losing. however I’m more happy for Dirk, Kidd, Terry and Marion winning their first title. Here are some guys who have played for 10 years or better contributing big time to there teams but never having anything to show. I didn’t want Dirk or Jason Kidd especially to go down as another great player to never win. Furthermore Jason Kidd is the 3rd all time in 3-pointers, Triple doubles and 2nd all time in assist trailing John Stockton and surpassing mark Jackson. A player of that caliber deserves a Championship ring. Dirk is 9th all time free throws made and 23rd in all time points made and one of 4 players to average 25 points and 10 boards in the playoffs, these may not be “great” numbers but i feel Dirk is up there with the greats as far as being clutch in the playoffs. On the other end I like Dewayne Wade however i don’t like either of his or LBJ ego or personality there arrogant and childish which makes me kinda feel good they lost for making fun of Dirk and then trying to cover it up. Yet at the end of it all they’re mad and crying in the locker room? Karma’s a Bitch. But whats really important to me? The Cavs drafts picks. People who are LBJ fans and haters alike from CLE tend to forget that the Cavs are our team. I was NEVER a Lebron fan I am a Cleveland Cavaliers fan period; so once he left to another team i quit cheering for him. People’s loyalty to the Cavs left with Lebron, Clevelanders lets not forget what team is ours. However……

Congratulations To The Dallas Mavericks

                                                  Who Did You Cheer For In The Finals This Year?